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J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Germany Architecture News - Dec 8, 2020 - 14:48   6516 views

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Berlin-based architecture studio J. Mayer. H has completed the IGZ campus wrapped by diagonal-shaped concrete skeleton structure in Falkenberg, Upper Palatine, Germany.

Named IGZ Campus, the 8,000-square-metre building was completed as an extension of IGZ headquarter, the company of IGZ serves as a software and engineering company which uses SAP standard software to develop technical software solutions in production and logistics for companies across Europe. 

J. Mayer. H followed a sustainable and innovative planning and construction as a centerpiece of the new IGZ Campus module in the masterplan in Falkenberg. 

The studio won the design for the main building of the IGZ campus at an invited competition and the building is the first new construction of the site’s extended masterplan. 

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

The IGZ campus, reaching over 120m in length and sitting at the highest point of the site, complements existing company-owned buildings, creating a harmonious ensemble. 

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

"Further structures are planned for the company restaurant, an innovation center and other office buildings, which, like the main building, focus clearly and precisely on the site’s surroundings," said J. Mayer. H.  

In the construction, the studio used local materials like granite and wood, typical of the Upper Palatinate region. "Innovative construction engineering techniques ensure a holistic approach to the building concept," added the studio. 

"Priority was given to providing a regenerative energy supply using geothermal energy and photovoltaic systems." 

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

"The new IGZ building makes clear that construction work in rural areas is not only reserved for agriculture, tourism or local recreation."

"Instead, in this age of "New Work" (Work 4.0), the new headquarters of “IGZ-The SAP Engineers”, allows them to strengthen their local ties and reaffirm their presence as an innovative and responsible employer in the region," the firm added.

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

For the exterior, J. Mayer. H designed a skeleton structure from reinforced concrete. All load-bearing and bracing components are made of wood and exposed concrete, creating a visual blueprint of IGZ’s company headquarters. 

The partition walls and built-in furniture are non-load-bearing and made entirely of wood and glass. Composed of various elements, the construction of the campus creates a light and warm atmosphere, while remaining highly flexible to future alterations. 

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

The grey glazed wood façade further develops and reinterprets the materiality of the company’s existing buildings.

The building's thermal comfort relies on a passive temperature control method that is integrated into the reinforced concrete ceilings. The building's concrete core temperature control system regulates heating and cooling inside. 

"The energy required for this is sustainably generated through a total of 60 geothermal piles, each 100m deep," added the studio.

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

In the interiors, J. Mayer. H developed the building’s interior design concept in close collaboration with the client. The studio worked with leading manufacturer Steelcase as the main partner for the design of workstation furnishings. 

The loft-like work landscape, composed of exposed concrete and wood was furnished with Steelcase’s Flex Collection, designed to allow teams to make their space more flexible. 

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Equipped with wheels, the furnitures are able to be adapted to various, changing forms according to individual and group work. Flex complements the overall geometry of the building’s structure with its diagonal elements and clear-cut design. 

As the studio summarizes, "the design’s language is communicated through large-scale wooden fixtures in the foyer and other areas, and reflected further in the rounded shapes of the movable desk-walls and mobile whiteboards." 

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

"The choice of haptic, matte black surfaces, furthermore matches the wood and concrete elements present throughout the building."

Steelcase collaborated with Kvadrat, using their high-quality fabrics to produce a new range of seating areas and desk chairs. In communal areas, the studio used Viccarbe's soft seat products.

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Site plan

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Ground floor plan

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

First floor plan

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Second floor plan

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Section AA

J. Mayer H wraps IGZ campus with concrete skeleton structure in Germany

Section BB

The project was completed in Autumn 2020. The architects said: "Thanks to the flexibility of the interior furnishings and the building’s geometry, the inner layout can easily be adapted for Covid-19 related workplace changes and requirements, such as accommodating for Hygiene regulations and ensuring the safe distancing of employees."

J. Mayer. H was founded in Berlin in 1996 by Jürgen Mayer H., Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners in 2014. J. Mayer. H previously completed a flower-shaped private residence in near Moscow, Russia. The studio also completed "Box In Box" concrete house in Northern Germany. 

Project facts

Project name: IGZ campus

Location: Falkenberg, Upper Palantine, Germany

Architect: J. MAYER. H und Partner, Architekten mbB
Invited Competition: 2018, 1st Place
Project: 2018 – 2020
Completion Date: October 2020
GFA: ca. 8000qm
Client: GZ Immo GmbH
Structural Design Engineer: Bodensteiner + Partner GbR, Weiden
Building Service Engineers: Grünwald + Ach GmbH, Weiden and Ingenieurbüro Zeitler, Rottendorf

Lighting Design: Licht Kunst Licht AG, Berlin
Fire Prevention Plans: Gerhard Schmidt, Weidenberg
Landscape Architects: S  H  L  Architekten und Stadtplaner, Weiden

Interior Design Partner: Steelcase, Raumhaus Berlin, Kvadrat, Brunner,
Acoustics: Soundcomfort

All images © David Franck

All drawings © J. Mayer. H

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